Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Hearthstone Historic House Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Hearthstone is a large, beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian Style home built in 1882 by Henry J. Rogers, Superintendent of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Mill. On September 30, 1882, Hearthstone was the first house in the world to be lit by an Edison central hydroelectric power station. The house retains many unique, genuine features, including the original Thomas Edison electroliers and light switches. Appleton was one of the first three cities in the world to be lit by an Edison central power station, the other two being New York and London. This was all due to Mr. Rogers, who decided to invest in Edison’s power station in order to light two paper mills and his home. Since it became a museum in 1987, Hearthstone’s focus is to preserve the house and its artifacts to re-create a historical experience based on its Thomas A. Edison heritage for the cultural enjoyment and educational benefit of the public through its many exhibits and programs.
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Gaie
Green Bay, WI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide, George, was so passionate about the house that it was infectious! His knowledge is incredible and he is a wonderful storyteller! I couldn't recommend it more!
Written 26 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Hearthstone is a magical trip back to 1882!!! It was so amazing to see and experience the rich history in each room! My docent Nia was so knowledgeable and made it such a fun visit!
Written 2 March 2024
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We're so happy you enjoyed the museum. I will share your kind words with Nia!
Written 4 March 2024
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Gail H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A must see! Beautiful house with an outstanding history. Tour guides were fantastic with many stories about the house, people who lived there and the town.
Written 27 February 2024
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Thanks Gail. Were glad you enjoyed it!
Written 28 February 2024
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Patti S
Wisconsin12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We learned so much on this tour. We didn't know that the first Edison system electrified home in the world was located in Appleton! This home is beautifully restored and the docents are very knowledgeable. Be sure to stop at this museum when you are in the Appleton area!!
Written 25 September 2023
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Lizzie
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Wonderful tour!! Well done. Docent was
friendly and informative. Lots to see, read and experience there at the house along the banks of the Fox River.
Written 2 September 2023
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Debbie B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour was very interesting. The docent was extremely knowledgeable about the property and the owners. It was well worth the stop during our travels.
Written 18 August 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour through house was the best we have ever experienced. The guide was exceptional as he seemed to bring the characters to life.
Written 23 July 2023
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Thanks for the nice words. Your support of the museum means a lot to all those who benefit from our elementary education programs, historic research, internships and coursework, and preservation. We enjoy sharing all of it!
Written 24 July 2023
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Cody
Muskogee, OK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely interesting. Guide was wonderful and very informative. A little warm in the house but not terrible. Would suggest going early.
Written 16 July 2023
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It is not "just another house". The day to day late 19th century/early 20th century artifacts in the rooms are fascinating including - among many others - candle wick cutters, electroliers, victrolas (currently on exhibit), the original wiring, and an annunciator. The focus of the house, though, is on electricity and its implementation in Appleton; revive your historical curiosity of Edison and Tesla! The stories and history of the house as told by the excellent guides maintains your interest throughout the tour. The self-guided exhibits in the basement are extremely informative for both the electricity-illiterate and the electricity-savvy visitors, worthy of at least an hour's time to explore the concepts.
Written 13 July 2023
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Thanks. We couldn't have said it better!
Written 14 July 2023
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Jennifer O
Fords, NJ186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Phenomenal house, phenomenal tour! This 2 hour tour was unbelievable. The house is gorgeous and nothing is roped off! Upon arrival you will put on shoe covers and will be able to enter every single room and get up close to the antiques. The docent was fantastic. He provided a wealth of information and anecdotes about the rooms and the owners. The real treat was getting a demonstration of multiple phonographs and a music box. It’s amazing how clear the sound is 120 years later! Look out for the window etching in the office! Amazing the glass is still there! And save time to explore the exhibits in the basement. This was definitely the highlight of my Wisconsin trip.
Written 8 July 2023
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Wow Jennifer. Thanks for the great review. We work hard to give the best experience possible. Our curators ensure everything is authentic to the period (1882), and our volunteers make it all possible. Glad you enjoyed Wisconsin!
Written 10 July 2023
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